Video: Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

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Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, “a simple cave like space” in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a “dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God.” Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. “While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building’s existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate,” say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, “the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing.”

Yalıkavak Palmarina / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: 48000 ,
Design Team: İbrahim Anıl Biçer, Deniz Kösemen, Makbule Yıldırım, Buket Katı
Responsible Architects: Emre Arolat, Gonca Paşolar, Rıfat Yılmaz, Leyla Kori
Area: 8200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat

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In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Emre Arolat writes on behalf of Thomas Mayer

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Istanbul,
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province,
Area: 639 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Vıcem Bodrum Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Design Team: Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Neşet Arolat, Can Dinçer, Cenk Aykut, Leyla Kori, Necip Şahin, Neslihan Avşarlıgil, Nurgül Yardım, Taha Alkan, Tansel Dalgalı, Ünal Ali Özger
Area: 9,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Ulus Savoy Residences / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Architect In Charge: Gonca Paşolar, Kerem Piker, Deniz Kösemen, Zeki Samer, Serdar Sipahioğlu
Design Team: Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Zeynep Yapar, Nesime Önel, Sezer Bahtiyar, Olcay Özten, Volkan Yağ, Özge Çağlayan, Hale Ikizler, Merve Yüksel, Süleyman Yıldız, Başak Tekin, Nida Pelin Üye, Sevim Uyan, Elif Ekim,Ertuğrul Morçöl, Selahattin Tüysüz
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects + Ertuğrul Morçöl + Selahattin Tüysüz

Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Design Team: Kerem Piker, Gani Turunç, Ertuğrul Morçöl,Orhun Ülgen, Sezer Bahtiyar, Esin Erez, Murat Yavuzoğlu, Serdar Tercan, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Gözde Sazak, Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Hale İkizler
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marriage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Area: 6,350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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The Sancak Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space. Located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of , the high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tekfen Kagithane Ofispark / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of EmreArolat Architects

  

Antakya Hotel / EAA – Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: EAA – Emre Arolat Architects / Başak Akkoyunlu, Şerif Süveydan
Location: Antakya,
Responsible Architect: emre arolat, başak akkoyunlu (concept project); şerif süveydan ( final project); gonca paşolar, şerif süveydan (construction project); sezer bahtiyar, şerif süveydan (municipality approval project)
Client: asf tourism ltd
Project Team: nükhet ak, emre tunay, selin gündüz, nurgül yardım, tansel dalgalı, özge ertoptamış, hasan sıtkı gümüşsoy, gülşen gençalp, kaya sert, ünal ali özger
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 34,100 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Yalova,
Client: akkök grubu (limited competition)
Responsible Architect: rıfat yılmaz, kerem piker (concept-preliminary project); gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (final project); gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (construction project)
Project Team: aysun devrekanlı, beril serbes, ercan yılmaz, gözde sazak, leyla kori, nil aynalı, olcay özten, orhun ülgen, övünç tar, sezer bahtiyar, şafak kızılırmak, zeki samer
Structural Project: osm engineering
Mechanical Project: mak-el
Electrical Project: sentez
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 7,900 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

Bodrum Vicem / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Client: Vicem Yacht – Sanko Holding Cooperation
Concept Design: eaa-emre arolat architects
Responsible Architect: emre arolat, başak akkoyunlu, natali tombak, sezer bahtiyar (-preliminary project); gonca paşolar, natali tombak (construction project)
Project Team: Tansel Dalgalı, Ünal Ali Özger, Leyla Kori, Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Nurgül Yardım, Taha Alkan
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

7800 Çeşme Residences and Hotel / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architect: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Ceşme-izmir,
Concept-preliminary Project: Emre Arolat, Gani Turunç
Final Project: Sezer Bahtiyar
Construction Project: Gonca Paşolar, Sezer Bahtiyar
Project Team: Zeki Samer, Mürüvvet Gülcan Sahin, Nesime Onel, Gözde Sazak, Tayfun Aksoy, Gülin Derman, Olcay Ozten, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Murat Sahin, Serkan Duman
Client: Carmıklı, Kalyoncu, Tamtex
Construction: Carmıklı Yapı
Structural: Balkar
Mechanical: Ihsan Akçay
Interior Design: Dara Kırmızıtoprak
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 15,734 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects